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CTIOA GLOSSARY

Here you will find the definitions to technical terms that relate to the tile industry. Please use the alphabet buttons below to jump down through the term list, or enter a keyword into the "Search" box to find terms and/or definitions containing your search string.  printable MS/WORD format      printable PDF format
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  Majolica
     Formerly an earthenware with an opaque luster glaze and overglaze colo more...

  Marble mosaic tile
     Tile made of small marble tesserae that vary slightly in size, usually more...

  Marble tiles
     Marble cut into tile sizes twelve (12) inches square or less, usually more...

  Masking power
     The ability of a fired glaze to mask visually the body on which it is more...

  Master Grade certificate
     A certificate that states tile listed in the shipment and described on more...

  Mastic grout
     A chemical mixture of organic and inorganic ingredients forming a one more...

  Mat glaze
     A colorless or colored ceramic glaze having low gloss. (ASTM C 242).

  Maturing range
     The time-temperature range within which a ceramic body, glaze, or othe more...

  Medium duty tile
     Tile suitable for pedestrian traffic such as entryways in multiple dwe more...

  Metal quarry tile rack
     Metal quarry tile racks are available in many patterns, and they can b more...

  Mexican paver tile
     Terra cotta-like tile, used mainly for floors, and handmade. These til more...

  Mill scale
     The oxide layer formed during the hot rolling of metals, such as that more...

  Mineral aggregate
     Aggregate consisting essentially of inorganic nonmetallic materials.

  Mix
     The act or process of mixing; also mixture of materials, such as morta more...

  Mixer
     A machine used for blending the constituents of concrete, grout, morta more...

  Mixer efficiency
     The adequacy of a mixer in rendering a homogeneous product within a st more...

  Mixer nontilting
     A horizontally rotating drum mixer that charges, mixes, and discharges more...

  Mixer plant
     See Batch plant.

  Mixer, colloidal
     A mixer designed to produce colloidal grout.

  Mixer, horizontal shaft
     A mixer having a stationary cylindrical mixing compartment, with the a more...

  Mixer, open-top
     A truck-mounted mixer consisting of a trough or a segment of a cylindr more...

  Mixer, pan
     ee Mixer, vertical shaft.

  Mixer, tilting
     A rotating drum mixer that discharges by tilting the drum about a fixe more...

  Mixer, vertical shaft
     A cylindrical or annular mixing compartment having an essentially leve more...

  Mixing cycle
     The time taken for a complete cycle in a batch mixer, i.e., the time e more...

  Mixing speed
     Rotation rate of a mixer drum or of the paddles in an open-top, pan, o more...

  Mixing time
     The period during which the constituents of a batch of concrete are mi more...

  Mixing water
     The water in freshly mixed sand-cement grout, mortar, or concrete, exc more...

  Mixture
     The assembled, blended, co-mingled ingredients of mortar, concrete, or more...

  Modular ratio
     The ratio of modulus of elasticity of steel E, to that of concrete E, more...

  Modulus of deformation
     A concept of modulus of elasticity expressed as a function of two time more...

  Modulus of rigidity
     The ratio of unit shearing stress to the corresponding unit shearing s more...

  Modulus of rupture
     A measure of the ultimate loadcarrying capacity of a beam and sometime more...

  Modulus of subgrade reaction
     Ratio of load per unit area of horizontal surface (of a mass of soil) more...

  Moist room
     A room in which the atmosphere is maintained at a selected temperature more...

  Moisture expansion
     An increase in dimension or bulk volume of a ceramic article caused by more...

  Moisture movement
     1. The movement of moisture through a porous medium; 2. The effects of more...

  Mold
     1. A divider containing a cavity into which neat cement, mortar, or co more...

  Mold oil
     A mineral oil that is applied to the interior surface of a clean mold, more...

  Moment
     The colloquial expression for the more descriptive term bending moment more...

  Moment distribution
     A method of structural analysis for continuous beams and rigid frames more...

  Monochrome decoration
     A single color decoration. (ASTM C 242).

  Monocottura (Single-Fired)
     A term used for tile manufactured by a process which allows the simult more...

  Monolith
     A body of plain or reinforced concrete cast or erected as a single int more...

  Monolithic terrazzo
     The application of a 5/a in. (15 mm) terrazzo topping directly to a sp more...

  Monolithic topping
     On flatwork: a higher quality, more serviceable topping course placed more...

  Monomolecular
     Composed of single molecules; specifically, films that are one molecul more...

  Montmorillonite
     See Montmorillonoid. Montmorillonoid. A group of clay minerals, includ more...

  Mortar
     A mixture of cement paste and fine aggregate; in fresh concrete, the m more...

  Mortar hoe
     The mortar hoe is used for hand-mixing mortar. The best type has a per more...

  Mortar mixer
     Most mortar mixers are driven by gasoline combustion engines of 11/~ h more...

  Mortar pumping machine
     The mortar pumping machine is used with the mortar mixer. Mixed mortar more...

  Mortarboard
     The mortarboard is used as a table to hold mortar. It is usually 30" s more...

  Mosaics
     Small tile or bits of tile, stone, or glass. These are used to form a more...

  Mounted tile
     Tile assembled into units or sheets by suitable material to facilitate more...

  Mud
     A slang term for mortar.

  Mullite
     A rare mineral of theoretical composition 3A1203 2Si02, a relatively more...

  Mullite porcelain
     A vitreous ceramic whiteware for technical application in which mullit more...

  Murals
     Tile installed in a precise area of a wall or floor to provide a decor more...

  Muriatic acid
     Hydrochloric acid (30% HCL), commercial grade.